When You’ve Been Sexually Abused

They’ll tell you that you should forgive and move on.
 
They’ll say that you were in the wrong place at the wrong time, that you somehow caused it, or that you’re lying.
 
Don’t listen to them.
 
It’s okay if your pastor, your father, your uncle, or your gym teacher goes to jail for his crimes—and they are crimes. Against you, against God. You’re not being unforgiving, unchristian, unreasonable, or not thinking about the problems it will cause. You are being wise. You are being strong. Taking a criminal off the streets to protect others from his touch.
 
Maybe that’s all you need, is for someone to tell you it’s okay. Sometimes we’ve heard the lie so much that it’s hard to hear the truth. But, it’s okay. And you will be too. 

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